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Memorable Manitobans: John Randolph Murray (1916-1997)

Pharmacist, professor.

Born in Prince Edward Island on 18 August 1916, his family moved to Alberta when he was young. He attended the University of Alberta, graduating with a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree in 1940. He worked briefly in a retail pharmacy in Alberta then worked for two years with a pharmaceutical company before serving in the Canadian Armed Forces during the Second World War, where he served with the Directorate of Chemical Warfare and Smoke. After his military discharge, he joined the staff of the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Alberta. In 1950, he earned a Master of Science in Pharmacology from the University of Alberta. While continuing to teach, he took doctoral training at Ohio State University, graduating in 1955. He became Professor and Director of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Manitoba in 1959. He was the first Dean of the Faculty of Pharmacy, as of May 1970. He retired in 1982. He died at Winnipeg on 9 November 1997.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1997, page 41.

History of the Faculty of Pharmacy, 1899-1999 by John W. Steele, University of Manitoba, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 May 2011

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